|Elwood's Archives: Special On Louis Armstrong|
Phil Elwood presents a retrospective program dedicated to the music of Louis Armstrong a week after the great musician’s death. The first half of the program is dedicated to Armstrong’s early career in New Orleans during the 1920’s. In the second half of the program, Elwood focuses on recordings that Armstrong made in the 1930s when he had become popular outside of the strictly jazz, mostly African American community and had begun to perform more popular types of songs, including show tune...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Louis Armstrong; Phil Elwood
|Jazz Archives: Ragtime Piano|
Phil Elwood presents a program on the evolution of Ragtime music from Scott Joplin to Jelly Roll Morton. The early composers of Ragtime saw themselves foremost as composers and looked down on the un-schooled musicians that later adapted ragtime into what became known as Jazz. Joplin in particular was rather conservative in his approach to Ragtime, and did little to include the swinging beat that was to be popularized by later musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Scott Joplin; Phil Elwood
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Phil Elwood digs deep into his archive of rare recordings to find nine featuring the solo cornet of Bix Beiderbecke. In his short but brilliant career Bix played with a number of bands and while these selections do not represent the best of his recorded work they are the rarest, some of which languished in obscurity due to mislabeling by the record companies.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Bix Beiderbecke; Phil Elwood
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|The Spirituals to Swing Concerts of 1938 - 1939|
Phil Elwood presents the complete recordings of two concerts organized by John Hammond and given on the Christmas Eves of 1938 and 1939 at Carnegie Hall; featuring the best Swing, Blues, and Gospel musicians of the day. Performers include Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Bill Broozy, and many others
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Jazz Archives; Phil Elwood